The United Kingdom has one of the most vibrant digital economies in the world. However, globally there is not currently the cyber security skills base to match, with both the Governments and private sector affected by the shortage in skills. The aim of the programme is to address the growing demand for cybersecurity professionals, train and support information security (InfoSec) specialist. The course is fast-paced and heavily practical, encouraging students to explore their individual interests in order to develop as InfoSec practitioners/engineers. The course is ideal for those with a passion for networking security and a desire for a career in the InfoSec sector. Responding to the changes happening in the modern networking domains this course will offer educational opportunities that are forward thinking and progressive. InfoSec is underpinned by accepted best practice security theories and industry standards. The programme explores a number of modules that engage students in the technical and practical aspects of working as a security engineer as well as stretching the individual’s horizons across programming, networking and professional topics. The modules are designed to challenge the practices and concepts of the students through critical and theoretical discussion, practice and reflection. Each year of the programme has a unique focus in providing students with the techniques, knowledge, and methods in order to become an InfoSec engineer/specialist. The first year is the ‘skill’ year where a foundation of skills, techniques, knowledge and methods will be introduced. The second year is the ‘practice’ year where the skills, techniques, knowledge, and methods will be utilised in network security forensics, firewalls and penetration testing which includes a final project. On completion of this course you will receive a Foundation degree in Computer Network Security. You will then be able to complete a top-up year to study towards a BSc in Computer Network Security.
Examples of current modules- Year 1: Cyber Security Concepts Network Essentials Introduction to Programming Introduction to Web Scripting Introduction to Operating Systems Employment and Academic Development in Technology Year 2: Digital Forensics Firewall Design and Testing Introduction to Penetration Testing Research Project
A range of assessment methods are used in Level 4 and Level 5 and could be in the form of the following: · Written reports · Hands on skills assessment · Proposal presentation · Literature review 50% seminar/lecture 50% self-directed learning
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.
We strongly recommend that all applicants have GCSE English Language and Mathematics grades A*-C or level 9-4
Additional entry requirements
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview. An interview is required for those applying who do not meet the entry requirement. You will be asked to write a 500 word academic report and/or a practical assessment to gain an understanding of your writing and technical skills prior to the course.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£8000||Year 1|
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